Damselfly (16a) – Amphicnemis gracilis

After collected 70% of Singapore damselflies, it is so difficult to add new ones. It is already March now and I don’t even have a single new addition for this year.  So, the next best thing is to get improvement shots of exisitng collection. Presenting here is an improvement shot of an immature female, A. gracilis.

(Bukit Timah Bicycle Trail - 16 Mar 2011)

I particularly like the striking red thorax of the immature female and it is on my wishlist to get some close-up shots of it.

(Side view close-up)

A. gracilis is one of the most cooperative damselflies that I have seen.  It usually stays on a particular spot for a long period of time.  The difficulty in photographing this species is that it prefers to stay around dark surrounding area.  That means we have to shoot this species in a very slow shutter speed eg. the side view close-up above was shot at 4 seconds despite using a high ISO 800!

(Dosal view)

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